North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 2 287 C e n t r a l a m e r i C a was of a frst-cycle bird seen on 25 Jan 2013 at Salinas Grandes (ph. MBi). The two recent reports from Nicaragua and the one (or two?) from Honduras could all apply to the same individual, as all photographs examined were of birds in similar plumage. Notable also were single Lesser Black-backed Gulls seen 22 Dec at Costa del Este in Panama City (ph. RMi) and again on 29 Dec (ph. IF), and 22 Jan at Museo Panama Viejo (ph. JAC). Providing only the 2nd and 3rd reports for Costa Rica, a 3rd-cycle Kelp Gull was in Wafer Bay, Cocos Isl. 16-17 Dec (ph. GB, ph. VM), and an ad. was at the mouth of the Parrita River, Puntar- enas 26 Jan (ph. SC, VZ). The frst Costa Rica record was of a bird seen on the Caribbean coast in Dec 2012 and Jan 2013. In Hondu- ras, an ad. Kelp Gull was observed at close range near Guapinol, Choluteca on 15 Feb (RJ, ph. JvD), providing the frst record and the second of two gull frsts from Honduras this winter. Two Bridled Terns observed offshore of Los Cóbanos 23 Dec provided possibly only the 3rd record for El Salvador (ph. OK, MB, JA). Another frst for Costa Rica this winter was an Inca Tern seen roosting at high tide on the railing of a dock at Ensenada Lodge 30 Dec (JWu). No photograph was obtained, but the bird was well described and was seen from only 4 m away. Three weeks later on 21 Jan, this or another Inca Tern was seen at Isla Chira, 700 m offshore from Puerto Palitos, on the w. side of the island (ph. JM). The loca- tion is only 14.5 km from Ensenada Lodge. This individual, originally seen perched on the bow of a fsherman's boat, was seen for about another month in the area, and was re- ported to roost at Isla Paloma on the west side of Isla Chira. As with the Waved Albatross, these reports were from non-birders. An im- pressive 10 Forster's Terns were reported in El Guayabo Wetlands, Granada on Feb 16 (MBi), indicative of a recent pattern of regular winter occurrence in this area. SKIMMERS THROUGH FALCONS Notable concentrations of Black Skimmers were reported from southern Honduras this winter. On 5 Dec, 500 were present at La Ber- bería (RJ, JvD); on 2 Feb, 880 were present at the Las Aguas Estuary, Choluteca (RJ, MM, OK, JvD); and on 15 Feb, 800 were found roosting on the beach in the company of thou- sands of shorebirds at Punta Condega (RJ, ph. JvD). Seldom reported in Belize, a juv. Black Skimmer was found in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek 18 Dec (ph. LJ). An exceptional winter- season count of 75 White-winged Doves in Spanish Lookout, Cayo (DH) is indicative of its continued expanding population in Belize. Six Common Ground-Doves seen along Tiger Run Farm Rd. 8 Feb (PB) provided one of the few records for Cayo where it is presumed to be an occasional winter visitor. Local in its oc- currence, and generally not remaining long, a Maroon-chested Ground-Dove was seen at El Pilar, Sacatepéquez 17 Jan (ph, JPC), and 8 were heard at Fuentes Georginas, Quet - zaltenango on 18 Feb (JPC). Advancing deforestation may beneft some savanna species such as Striped Owl. One heard at Río Sacluk in se. Laguna del Tigre N.P. in Guatemala on 6 Feb (JPC) provided the frst record for Petén. An Unspotted Saw- whet Owl observed 10 Dec at 3,260 m on the e. side of Volcán Barú, Chiriquí (vt. JF, LW) was the frst to be confrmed in Panama since it was frst reported on 17 Feb 1965, a bird mist-netted at 2,100 m on the w. side of Volcán Barú, Noteworthy were 12 White- necked Jacobins seen in Finca San Jerónimo Miramar, Suchitepéquez, during the Christmas Bird Count at Atitlán Volcano on 20 Dec (AV). Although a few appear on Atitlán most win - ters, presumably birds from the Caribbean lowlands, 12 is an exceptionally high number. Providing only the 2nd coastal plain record for s. Belize, 2 Wedge-tailed Sabrewings were found at Cotton Tree Lodge near San Felipe. Furnishing a new locality record for Panama, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird was seen 18 Jan at Ratón, Ngäbe-Buglé (EC). A Tody Motmot seen 29 Jan to 2 Feb at Calle Maipo, Cerro Azul, Panamá (KL, ph. BA, C& LL, ph. JuM) was at a locality where it is rarely reported and its status remains unclear. This is one of the most patchily distributed spe- cies in Central America. A report of a Rufous- winged Woodpecker in a shade coffee farm in San José, Madriz 25 Feb (DW, SBr) presented a range extension for a species that is normally restricted in Nicaragua to the Caribbean low- A mere month after the appearance of Costa Rica's second Kelp Gull and 13 months after Costa Rica's frst, this adult was found at the mouth of the Parrita River in Puntarenas on 26 January 2014. Photograph by Silvio Castelli. Honduras was the latest country in Central America to add Kelp Gull to its list when this adult was observed at close range near Guapinol on the Gulf of Fonseca on 15 February 2014, leaving only the two northernmost countries of Guatemala and Belize without a Kelp Gull record. Photographeby John van Dort. Our knowledge of pelagic species occurring in Central Ameri- can waters has been increasing exponentially in recent years, thanks in large part to regularly scheduled pelagic trips of El Salvador and Costa Rica and occasional trips of Guatemala and Panama. This Bridled Tern, one of two observed 23 Decem- ber 2013 ofshore of Los Cóbanos, provided El Salvador with its third or fourth record. Photograph by Oliver Komar.

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